Events around Taiwan

“Fish swim, birds fly, people learn…Learning is the experience of being alive, it is an expression of vitality. We only stop learning when we die.” – John Holt

Being active also means learning about new things. I have selected a few items below that I will most likely go to and should open a new can of worms for you to mentally digest. Eventually I’ll brainstorm a way to arrange these! I also currently do not include any music events/gig news. My apologies about the occasional hiatus in updating this list as it is rather time-consuming. Doing my best!

Updated 5/29. Be sure to double-check on the location and date/times via the links before heading out as there could be last minute changes. There should be no visa issues to enjoy going-ons of Taiwan as a pure visitor. Unless noted, there should be no problems with listening comprehension.


2/18-3/11 Free Tibet Festival

The first Free Tibet Festival, which kicked off February 18 and runs until March 11, will include a photo exhibition, film screenings, lectures, music, dance and theatrical performances. More details here for venues, dates, pricing, etc.

2/20-5/13 Retrospective of late Taiwanese painter Chen Cheng-po

Chen, born in Chiayi in 1895, embarked to Japan in 1923 to pursuit an artistic career.  His Street of Jiayi (嘉義街外) was the first Western-style Taiwanese painting selected and shown in the Imperial Salon, an officially-organized competition in Japan, in 1926.

In addition to being an active artist, Chen was also a politician. When the 228 Incident occurred in 1947, as a member of the Chiayi City Council, Chen and other five members approached the military as representatives of peace. However, they were seized and eventually shot dead.

More details here. On display at the Taipei “Flat” Arts Museum, check here.

2/23 (Thursday) Movie: Burma VJ

7:00pm 2F No.22, Ln. 61, Tianxiang Rd near Minquan West Road Station

Documentary on the revolutionary process of Burma

(update 2/24: went and it was FANTASTIC. we’re putting together a small film festival soon, look for more new soon so you can get a chance to view this!)

2/24 (Friday) Hybrid Ear

9:00pm-12:00am at Insomnia Cafe, No. 8, Lane 60, Tàishùn Street. The Shida area, Taipower Station MRT exit 3.

Real chill cafe in Shida area puts on a nice session on Fridays that features a special guest featuring musicians, filmmakers, poets, writers, and artists and taking the audience through their music and a chat. My friend Sophie Chiang is up this week! Just head to Insomnia Cafe for a pizza or drink anyways!

2/25 & 2/26 (Friday & Saturday) Foreign Workers Film Festival

location is No. 8 QingDao East Road, near Shandao Temple Station Exit 2

movie list details here, site here and you can plop it into handy handy Google Translate for schedule. And with that recommendation, your language proficiency may need to be around 2-3 to navigate and understand the going ons but I’ll check!

2/25-6/30 Nylon Cheng 鄭南榕 25th year memorial/exhibition

Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00-17:00 / location Nylon Cheng Memorial, No 11 Alley 3, Lane 106, Section 3, Mínquán East Road, Songshan District near Chongshan Junior High Station (MUZHA LINE!)

Read up on the history of one of Taiwan’s political activists who self-immolated in 1987. In Hanyu here.

2/25-3/17 Chang Chien-Chi’s “Escape from North Korea”

16:00-20:00 location TheCube  2F, No 13, Aly 1, Ln 136, Sec 4, Roosevelt Rd, near Kuting MRT Station.

An exhibition about North Korean defectors in Taiwan. More details here, scroll down for English!

2/26 (Sunday) 『Living Room- Where private meets public』2012余政達黃金町駐村經驗分享

Artist:Yu Cheng-Ta
時間:2012/2/26(sun) 3:00-4:00pm
地點:Chung Shan Creative Hub, Room S1, No. 21 Section 1 MingQuan East Road (中山創意基地 S1演講室, 台北市中山區民生東路一段21號), walking distance of Chung Shan Elementary School (that new Orangey line)

The “Living Room: Where private meets public” project brings artists hailing from various parts of Asia together in Koganecho. Through their one month residency, each artist will explore ways of introducing their “living room”, a place where life at home intersects with life outside, all the while attempting to weave such moments into new art works to be created during their stay.

Event on FB here

Come check it out, my friend artist Cheng Ta is the bees knees!

2/27-228 (Tuesday) Hand in Hand 牽阮的手

Viewing of this incredible movie for lucky people in Kaohsiung!

On 2/27 Monday starting at 18:30 at KangShan Senior School  岡山高中大禮堂

On 228 Tuesday starting at 18:30 at Fong Shan SYS Memorial Hall 鳳山國父紀念館

For more info click here, for ticket info please call

陳信瑜市議員服務處>> (Ms. Chen Hsin Yu) 07-7276112

蕭永達市議員服務處>>(Ms. Hsiao Yong Ta) 07-5368933

Movie clip here!

228 Q&A For Hand in Hand 牽阮的手 Director Yen Lan-chuan

Starts at 16:00 at the 228 Memorial Foundation 二二八事件紀念基金會 located on 54 NanHai Road

More info here

228「REBELLION ‧ FREEDOM!」Nylon Cheng Photo Exhibition / 228 揪團來看「叛逆‧自由!攝影展」

I was so thoroughly impressed with this exhibition yesterday my friend and I are organizing another meet up there to encourage people to learn about Taiwan and her turbulent history, the ones who fought for freedom. We will meet at 2:00 pm and have told the museum about our plans – this will be English friendly and they have invited a photographer to give us yet another fascinating interpretation of the photography exhibition at hand.

Nylon Cheng Memorial, No 11 Alley 3, Lane 106, Section 3, Mínquán East Road, Songshan District near Chongshan Junior High Station (MUZHA LINE!)

Read up on the history of one of Taiwan’s political activists who self-immolated in 1987, Facebook event here! JOIN.

3/4 (Sunday) 未來事件交易所 Trading Futures」Exhibition Opening

From 14:00 until 18:00, head over to Taipei Contemporary Art Center TCAC location No. 160-6, Yan Ping Road, near Exit 1 of Hsiao NanMen MRT.

The Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC) is pleased to present Trading Futures, an international group exhibition with works by Asian artists Heman Chong, Chou Yu-cheng, Minja Gu, Hu Xiangqian, Kao Jun-honn, Lee Kit, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Koki Tanaka, Charwei Tsai, and Xu Tan that investigate and reflect on questions of artmaking, production and value. Co-curated by Meiya Cheng and guest curator Pauline J. Yao,

Facebook event here.

3/8-18 Women Make Waves Film Festival Non-Stop (Taipei, HsinChu, KaoHsiung, Hualien)

Tickets sold from 2/17 through March 8th.

Here is a complete listing head to the site to check it out for a time in location near you!

3/10 (Saturday) Solidarity March for Tibet (Taipei)

14:00 Taipei, meet up in front of Chunghsiao Fuhsing MRT Station and the group will walk down towards Taipei 101. Get your walking shoes (hopefully flip flops by then) and join in!

FB event here

3/11 (Sunday) Nuclear Go Zero March (Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung locations)

13:00-18:30 Taipei location starts at LongShan MRT Exit 1 > HsiMenDing > Taipei Station > Ketagalan Boulevard

13:00-17:00 Taichung location starts at Taichung Park > Liberty Road Section 2 > ChongCheng Road, TaCheng Road > Wonderful Cinemas

19:00-21:00 Kaohsiung Culture Center TBC

More details here and here

Brings to spotlight on the issue back again Japan’s Fukushima disaster last year, this being the one year anniversary, and question of the safety of Nuclear energy.

3/19-3/24 2012 Amnesty Intl Taiwan Film Festival : Spotlight on Burma

Matinee showing starts at 5:00pm / evening at 7:30pm. Guest speakers. The first three days will be located at Insomnia Cafe, the other three at Cafe Philo. Check below links for specific details and address.

No work of fiction could come as close to striking a chord within us as the stories recounted by those who experienced it first hand, their tales featured in this series of documentaries constituting human rights violations, land grabs, foreign and domestic government and corporatist corruption, genocide, and environmental abuse. On the cusp of Burma’s by-election on April 1, Taiwan has not forgotten – we turn the spotlight again on Burma to understand her peoples’ dignity and unwavering fortitude under the brute force of oppression.

More details on FB here or the Amnesty page here!

3/25 (Sunday) Animals Taiwan Dog Walkers

Location will be at their center in Shilin/Beitou, but more details closer to event regarding time and group transport! Keep your calendar open!

Once a month we will meet together at the Animals Taiwan center to walk the doggies! More info here

4/1 (Sunday) Prayer for Tibet

Rtyc Taiwan, along with Tibetan welfare association and Tibetan support groups of Taiwan is organizing a prayer {Molam} on Sunday 1st of April 2012. Starts at 6pm, located at Liberty Square Taipei near the CKS Memorial Hall MRT Station.

4/2-7 (Mon-Sat) Wang Family Eviction Lineup

This entire week all day long till the evening there will be chance to get involved and also hear guest speakers – head over to Shilin MRT to learn more about what is going on and from different points of views. Check here for more details!

4/2/2012 Concert with Isabelle Perrin (FR) x Shannon Chieh (TW)

4/3/2012 @ 10:00 am (photography exhibition) by Toshi Kazama x Lin Tso-hsien x Wang Lin Feng Talk

4/3 @17:00 evening discussion moderated by Jyu Hai Yuan with Isabelle Perrin x Shannon Chieh x Toshi Kazama x Chuanfen Chang x Shih Ying x Wu Kun Yung

For the above 4/2 through 4/3 please check details here

4/10 Amnesty International English Chapter Meeting

Meet up at 7:00pm at Insomnia Cafe (Shida Road)!

We will first focus on the situation on ground in Syria and how we in Taiwan can take action. We will continue our discussion of Syria and brainstorm on upcoming events on this topic and others. We also welcome everyone to join us not only for a bite to eat or a drink, but to lock down our 2012 annual calendar for the group.

Final Rundown TBC
19:00-19:30: Gathering
19:30-20:00: SYRIA
20:00-20:30: Take Action
20:30-21:00: Upcoming event / 2012 Annual Calendar

Insomnia Café No. 8, Lane 60, TaiShun Street near Taipower MRT Station Exit 3 TEL : 02 23640002

More details on FB here

4/14 Nylon Cheng Memorial Museum – Second Discussion Panel (Topic: Surrounding the Death)

13:30~14:00 報到 (Arrivals and Registration)

14:00~14:05 主持人介紹與會者 / 曹欽榮執行長 (Introduction by Mr. Tsao Chun Jung (he’s such a nice guy!!!)

14:05~14:30 鄭南榕與他的死 / 李喬老師 (Nylon Cheng and his Death by Professor Li Chiao)

14:30~15:00 佛家看烈火焚身 / 釋昭慧法師(Buddhist Belief on Self-Immolation by Master Chao-Hwei Shih)

15:00~16:00 現場對談 (Q&A by You)

Register here, limited to 30 people !  Nylon Cheng Memorial, No 11 Alley 3, Lane 106, Section 3, Mínquán East Road, Songshan District near Chongshan Junior High Station (MUZHA LINE)

4/21 (Saturday) Hsinchu Farm Jam

Itching for some groovy tunes in the sun? Frisbee, BBQ, hiking, camping, beer, painting and much more!!! Music starts around 2:00 pm and will end around 11:00 pm.

HSR or TRA to Hsinchu and take a taxi to this address: 新竹縣新埔鎮義民路2段530巷172號

Facebook event with details here

4/23, 4/25, 4/26, 5/1-4 All That Political and Historic

Huge bunch of discussions regarding the White Terror going on and here are the two events that are running, be sure to check on the appropriate dates and location. It’s in HanYu but plug into Google Translate. Here and here. Likewise, a discussion on Hong Kong’s status on 4/23 here.

4/26 (Thursday) On Homosexuality – Voices from an alternate source

With the recent news out on gays in Taiwan and their contemplation of suicide and facing discrimination, lacking support, talks are being hosted and this slant from Christianity. I have my own thoughts on this as I strongly oppose editing and revision the Bible to suit you and your hatreds (all true Christians IMO stick to one version and that’s before the New Testament or don’t call it a Bible any longer, seriously) or just change and make up your own religion, jeez.

Language proficiency needed for listening comprehension of Hanyu.

19:30 at Chengchi University 政大綜合院館314教室

Facebook event here

4/28 Market Day
From 11:am-3:00pm

Location: Carleen’s ELC No. 128, Xīngyún St, Neihu District / 台北市內湖區星雲街128.132號1樓 / Map here near Muzha’s Neihu MRT Station

Students and volunteers of Carleen’s ELC will be hosting this event to raise money for local charities.Second-Hand women and children’s clothing, household items, toys, and books
NEW items from dynamic entrepreneurs and delicious snacks and beverages made by ELC students!

FB here

4/28 (Saturday) Su Beng, Taiwanese dissident and activist: Installment Three (1943-1949)

From 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Rebirth Cafe in the Gong Guan Area.

Location: Rebirth Cafe (No. 19 B1, HsinSheng South Road, Section 3, Alley 86 /台北市新生南路三段86巷19號 ), near GongGuan MRT Station. Google map here.

The third installment of Su Beng’s insanely fruitful life as an activist. Oji-san will be on hand to recount his experience in China. The first installment was in regards to life in Taiwan growing up under Japanese colonial – from wiki: “Su Beng was born November 9, 1918 in the Shilin district of Taipei, Taiwan. After graduating from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan with a degree in political science and economics in 1942, he left for China where he worked undercover with the Chinese Communists (1942–1949). For years, he averted the Chinese Communists’ bids for him to join the party. Finally he escaped from Qingdao, China to Taiwan, just as the Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang soldiers were retreating to Taiwan. Having returned to Taiwan for about a year, he established the Taiwan Independence Armed Corps in 1950 which plotted for the assassination of Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek. When the Taiwan Independence Armed Corps’ stash of weapons were discovered hidden on land owned by Su Beng’s grandmother in 1951, Su Beng was forced to go into hiding.”

Facebook event here. Language proficiency needed for listening comprehension of Taiwanese.

4/28 (Saturday) Yuhi Hasegawa Solo Exhibition “Night Carnival”

Starts at 19:00 at VT Salon located at B1, No.17, Ln.56, Sec. 3, Xinsheng N. Rd, 台北市新生北路三段56巷17號B1 near ZhongShan Elementary School Station.

Facebook Details here

4/28 (Saturday) After the Martial Law – Different Tools for Street Protests & Rallies

A talk given by amazing photographer and a designer of many of the Taiwan movement’s graphics –  邱萬興Ch’iu Wan Hsing. He was at the memorial one time I went and really knowledgeable and heavily involved in the heyday of movements starting in the mid/late 1980s and ongoing after the White Terror.

Starts at 3:00pm, lasts until 5:00pm.

Language proficiency needed for listening comprehension of Hanyu and Taiwanese but there’s English guided tours otherwise.

Nylon Cheng Memorial, No 11 Alley 3, Lane 106, Section 3, Mínquán East Road, Songshan District near Chongshan Junior High Station (MUZHA LINE!)

Details here and prefer if you register here or just show up!

4/28 FulFill Art Space – LuxuryLogico

I know, really, another event going on this Saturday? Yes! Opening starts at 4:00 pm till dinner time. Location: No. 2, Alley 45, Lane 147, Section 3, Xìnyì Rd, Daan /  台北市信義路三段147巷45弄2號一樓 / Map near Da-An or ChungHsiao FuHsing MRT STation.

Site is here

4/29 (Sunday) Animals Taiwan Dog Walking

Monthly affair! Meet up at Zhishan MRT Station at 1pm and we head as a group together. Until 4:00pm. You must email me or be on the Facebook event page to let us know you are coming so we will wait for you. Rain or shine the pups need walking! See you there!

FB Event here

4/29 through 5/19 Taiwan Citizen Journal Courses

Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty is hosting a series of fascinating sessions, seeking citizen journalists! there’s a maximum limit of 20 people that can register, all must do so before March 25th  Wednesday. Talks on 4/29, 5/6, 5/12, 5/19 from some of the strongest movers and shakers in Taiwan today standing up for the rights of the people. Learn about Taiwan’s judicial system and how this system has warped, twisted, or failed behind some of the country’s most controversial cases. needless to say a good degree of HanYu comprehension is required for participation.

If you can navigate and understand how to register please do so here and also obtain a heap more info!

5/1-4 All That Political and Historic

Huge bunch of discussions regarding the White Terror going on and here are the two events that are running, all in Taipei. be sure to check on the appropriate dates and location. It’s in HanYu but plug into Google Translate. Here and here. You will need to be able to understand HanYu.

5/1(Tuesday) Anti-Labor Exploitation March

To get to know more about the exploitative discriminative practices in Taiwan labor laws and to demand better, head on over! Regarding outsourcing, foreign workers, protecting rights of young workers, privatization of education, etc. Much to learn, I will be excited to start on this one.

Meetup/Time: Liberty Square at 12:30 pm, lasts until 6:30 pm

Route: Liberty Square > NTU Hospital>Ministry of Education>Legislative Yuan>Executive Yuan

FB event here

5/2 (Wednesday) Fifth Observation of the Hsichih Trio Case

This is one of Taiwan’s ongoing cases regarding the death penalty, by far one of the oddest cases and also one that shows you how to not “lose face” and what sheep Taiwan people continue to be, they will not just pardon these guys who are walking free because there’s no evidence to actually hold them in. They actually walk around that at ANY TIME they can still be executed. Here are some news and here from this case.

No. 127 2F Bo Ai Road at 9:10 am (please ring the bell to obtain pass)

More details at the FB event here, register here. You will need to be able to understand HanYu if you want to get what’s going on.

5/5 (Saturday) Animals Taiwan Book Sale

Animals Taiwan will hold a charity book sale, courtesy of Taipei Language Institute on the 5th of May from 10am to 5pm. There will be new and second hand books on sale both Chinese and English. Come on by and get your bargain books while helping the strays of Taiwan.

Time: 10am to 5pm

Location: Taipei Language Institute No. 30, Section 2, Zhōngchéng Rd, Shihlin District / 台北市士林區忠誠路二段30號1樓/ Map here.

FB event here

5/18 (Friday) Solidarity for HSU TZU CHIANG

Last minute rally on Hsu Tzu Chiang’s release while he awaits a re-trial – head over to JhongHe / TuCheng Detention Center and we will meet at 22:00 and stay until his midnight release. (Post Images here) This is an extremely political event so if you are not on the right visa status, be forewarned!
#2 Li-De Road here!

5/19 (Saturday) Fu-Bar Beach Bash for Animals Taiwan (limited to 40 pax, must pre-book tix!)

Time: 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

Location: Dōngxìng St, Gongliao District, New Taipei, Taiwan 22841, map here but it’s a ticketed event so if you purchase tickets, you will have the ride arranged from Carnegies (in Taipei near Anhe/Heping Road) to get you both there and back!

There will be fun, food and drinking to be had and all the while raising money for the strays of Taiwan. This will be a private event at the FuBar and only people with prebooked tickets will be able to attend. Tickets include bus to and from Fu-Bar (pick up/drop off at Carnegies), drinks on the bus, Fu Bar’s fabulous food, free entry into the lucky draw, free entry into Carnegies on the Saturday night

Tickets are $1000 (booked in advance)

FB event here

5/23 (Wednesday) Green Citizen’s Alliance Anti-Nuke Rally

Starts at 13:30 in front of the Legislative Yuan (Shandao MRT Station) to protest the construction of the 4th Nuclear Reactor in Taiwan. Handing over a petition to the government. Facebook event here! This is an extremely political event so if you are not on the right visa status, be forewarned!

5/26 (Saturday) & 5/27 (Sunday) 2012 Night / Rope (Bondage)

I would go if I was in Taiwan, but am currently out of the country! Starts from 19:30-21:30 at Cafe Philo, on Sunday starts from 14:00 through the night a long lineup of music, the FB event is here and location of Philo on #3 ShaoXing Rd (close to exit 6 of Shandao Temple Station is here)

Cover is $500 NT on the 26th and $800 NT on the 27th.

5/30 (Wednesday) Su Bing on 400 Years of Taiwan’s History

Along with several guest speakers, head over to learn more about Taiwan’s history! A good command of Taiwanese language is required or a good translator friend.

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location: Center for Taiwan Studies of National Tsing Hua University (人社院A202 Humanities and Social Sciences School Room A202).

More details on FB here

6/3 (Sunday) Exposure 3 Art Fair by the gorgeous Felicia Rodrigues

Firmer details on time closer to date but definitely up and running by noon.

Location: Taipei Artist Village which is between either Taipei Main or Shandao Temple Station. No. 7, Běipíng East Road, Jhongjheng District / map here

A day where 22 artists will be showing their expression through art. Come out to view, purchase, inquire and comment about the amazing works that will be showcased. An amazing line up of live music, as well as scrumptious food. If you are an artist and want to actually be involved in having your items available for sale, please check here!

FB Event here

6/5 & 6/12 Green Island Film Screenings

I will be hosting small screening at Insomnia Cafe on consecutive Tuesdays before my Green Island trip

Date: Tuesdays 6/5 & 6/12
Time: Entry 18:30 ; starts 19:00
Location: Insomnia Cafe (Taipower Station MRT Exit 3)

June 5th, 2012
19:00 5 A DAY ON GREEN ISLAND 綠島的一天 ( 30 minutes )
19:45 TONGUE UNTIED 白色見證 ( 60 minutes )

June 12th, 2012
(TBC Special Guest Speaker to answer any questions + recap on upcoming trip)

Insomnia Cafe, No. 8, Lane 60, Tàishùn Street. The Shida area, Taipower Station MRT exit 3.

6/16-17 Farm Jam Part Deux!

Good Music, Homemade food, Good Beer, painting, camping and much much more!! Same place, same time, same Jam! Starts around 14:00 on the 16th and you can stay overnight until the 17th.They are open to having some volunteers man the tables and participate in cleanup, so do contact if you can!

新竹縣新埔鎮義民路2段530巷172號 30542

#172 Yi Min Road,Section 2, Lane 530, XinPu Township, Hsichu County 30542

Music Line Up (not in order and more to come)

1. Kevin MacCash
2. Pauline Edwards
3. Mike Mudd
4. Arman Torus
5. Stu Wilson
6. Van Stokes
7. The Ninja Goats (all the way from Kenting)

Cover Charge $200
Campers $200 per TENT


Bear Flag Grill (FOOD)
~Chicken Wraps
~Tofu Wraps

FB event up here!




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